Click here to register for the 2nd Annual 30A Charity Golf Classic presented by The Aesthetic Clinique!

30A South Walton unnamed2 The Pearl Celebrates First Strand Anniversary with Special Package and Keepsake

The Pearl Hotel (Tommy Crow Photography)

Having welcomed more than 12,000 guests in its first year, The Pearl – the Emerald Coast’s premier beachfront luxury hotel — is marking its “first strand” anniversary this month with a special guest package and takeaway keepsake.

Available for two-night stays between August 15 and December 30, 2014 and starting at $299* per night, the First Strand Celebration package includes a three-course dinner at the hotel’s onsite restaurant for two and an exclusive “First Strand” necklace made with a single freshwater round pearl and pearl closure on hand-rolled leather by South Walton-based jewelry designer Allison Craft Designs.

The full package includes:

– Luxury accommodations for two nights
– Two signature anniversary cocktails upon arrival
– A three-course dinner at The Pearl’s Havana Beach Bar & Grill restaurant for two
– One exclusive “First Strand” necklace designed by Allison Craft Designs
– Exclusive access to St. Joe Club & Resorts amenities

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30A South Walton tennis Registration Open for the 4th Annual Love All Tennis Round RobinLocal tennis players unite for the 4th Annual Love All Tennis Round Robin at WaterColor and Seaside tennis courts on Friday, September 12th

All proceeds of the event will support the mission of Food for Thought OutreachLadies of all levels are welcome to play, enjoy lunch, participate in raffle and purchase special Food for Thought merchandise. Lunch will be provided by CUP Food You Pick Up.

The registration fee is $35 and covers tourney play, lunch and light snacks. Register online by September 1st and get two free raffle tickets. Click here to register now! 

Monetary and food donations including peanut butter, jelly, pop top soup, pop top tuna or chicken, and healthy snacks are welcome.

For more info, visit Love All Tennis or call 850-231-3060.

By Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton KT 1 Kissing Couple to Celebrate Anniversary on 30AMike and Tara Myers founded Kissingtour two years ago and have since kissed in 8 countries and 22 states. The mission behind their adventure is simple: To change the way the world sees love.

This Labor Day weekend, Mike and Tara have decided to spend their anniversary running 30 miles along our very own Scenic Highway 30A. These athletic lovebirds from Las Vegas have planned a two-day run along 30A, stopping to pose for and post pictures at popular locations and local businesses.

The Las Vegas natives are used to running in extreme heat (sometimes over 110 degrees!) and compare Vegas to 30A by saying, “we used to run in a sauna — now we run in a steam room.” While I can imagine that both locations are a bit toasty, at least here on the Emerald Coast we have jaw-dropping views that will keep the Myers entertained during their two-day tour of 30A.

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30A South Walton 65509 10151848783625110 100186947 n Bud & Alleys to Host 10th Annual Hurricane Party Sept 26

South Walton’s longest-established and award-winning restaurant — Bud & Alley’s in Seaside — will host the 10th Annual Hurricane Party on Friday, September 26th from 6-10pm, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud & Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. Select auction items will be posted online for a pre-auction two weeks prior to the party.

Anyone will be able to bid on the items, whether they plan to attend the party or not. Online bidding details will be posted on Children’s Volunteer Health Network’s website. Mobile bidding will be an exciting new addition to the auction this year, which will allow party goers to bid on their phones or mobile devices.

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30A South Walton poster11 Eggs on the Beach” Competition    Registration Fees Waived off for First 5 TeamsBay Breeze Patio and Seascape Resort will host the inaugural “Eggs on the Beach” EggFest Grilling Competition on September 27th, 2014.

To enhance the grilling competition, Bay Breeze Patio is inviting non-profit organizations to register a cook team and the registration fees for the first 5 teams will be waived. As an added incentive, the non-profit team with the most “People’s Choice” votes will receive a $500 prize for their charity.

“We thought it would be fun to introduce a non-profit category to further support our local community and add to the competition,” said Bay Breeze Patio Co-owner and Grill Master Wayne Paul. “Non-profit teams can decorate their booth and promote their cause while cooking to win a cash donation.”

Proceeds from Eggs on the Beach Egg Fest will benefit a local non-profit partner, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families to be together during treatment for serious illness or physical and/or occupational therapy.

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30A South Walton Chase Johnson Alaqua 600 Chase Johnson is Alaqua’s Animal Hero of the Month!Alaqua Animal Refuge announced that Chase Johnson is their Animal Hero of the Month.

Sincere congrats to our friend Chase for this well-deserved recognition. She spends so many hours every week working with the most terrified darlings that come through Alaqua’s doors. She teaches them to trust people again, which is no easy task in most cases. She also cleans the dog buildings, changes bedding, washes bowls and toys, and so much more. She gives the dogs baths and takes them on fun trips to the dog park. Chase always goes the extra mile to make Alaqua’s most special needs animals comfortable and happy.

The love that Chase has for animals is truly incredible, and Alaqua is grateful and honored that she chooses the refuge as her home away from home.

For more info about Alaqua, please call 850-880-6399 or visit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

30A South Walton web cdl 0420 NEW: Episode 6 of 30A Coastal Dune Lake Documentary Released!

The outfall of Western Lake, the coastal dune lake found within Grayton Beach State Park.

Over the past few months, conservationist and documentary filmmakers Elam Stoltzfus and his son Nic Stoltzfus – who comprise the core team at Live Oak Production Group – have been extremely busy taking photos, shooting videos, and posting online updates about their latest documentary project.

30A South Walton Web Elam Med CDL 3690 Timmed NEW: Episode 6 of 30A Coastal Dune Lake Documentary Released!

Elam Stoltzfus

They recently received funding for the project from the St. Joe Community Foundation, and are now in full production mode — researching, scripting and filming educational videos that reveal fascinating new details about South Walton‘s rare coastal dune lakes.

The documentary is being created to address public awareness and educational needs that surround these natural treasures. Powerful images are being expertly captured to showcase the natural, cultural, recreational, scientific and educational uniqueness of this coastal dune lake region, and then they’re coupled with fascinating stories that include facts about the rich and colorful history of pre-development here.

The team’s blog features numerous related articles and photo essays, as well as video glimpses of the new project.

Here are 6 video previews of this exciting project-in-progress:

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